Found May 13, 2013 on
The final minutes felt a lot like Friday night, up 3-1 until a Ducks goal would make things far too interesting, and butt clenching and stuff. The Ducks wouldn't get the equalizer this time, though, and the Red Wings would perservere in regulation and, in all, an extremely hard-faught seven-game series a lot of people, myself included, thought they weren't going to be apart of.
Quickly, here's how the Wings pulled it off in Game 7:
After Henrik Zetterberg started the scoring early in the first and the Ducks tied things up 12 minutes later, the Wings were shorthanded when Justin Abdelkader broke up a pass in his own zone and then found the five-hole at the other end of a breakaway:
Abdelkader grew up pretty fast.
The second period was scoreless until Valterri Filppula wound up with what was ultimately the game winner on a backhander:
I've already talked about what happened in the third. We wound up cele...
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Justin Abdelkader missed Games 4 and 5 in the Detroit Red Wings’ series against the Anaheim Ducks due to suspension. He then came back and scored a pair of monster goals in the final two games of the series.
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Well how do you feel about that now?
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The Detroit Red Wings were tied 1-1 with the Anaheim Ducks late in the first period when Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey took a bad penalty. Lucky for him, Justin Abdelkader was there to save the day. Abdelkader used some great stick placement to break up a D-to-D pass by Francois Beauchemin and was off to the races. Abdelkader came in on Jonas Hiller and beat him five-hole...
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The song, performed by The Fratellis, is blared at the United Center in Chicago every time the Blackhawks score a goal.
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It is a good song, the Red Wings captain said. But you...
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DETROIT -- There's nothing quite like a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Some of the Wings will be experiencing it for the first time when the Red Wings face the Ducks in Anaheim Sunday night.
For others, it's not their first rodeo.
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The Detroit Red Wings had firm control of Game 7 right up until Henrik Zetterberg accidentally shot the puck over the glass in the waning minutes.
While the captain sat in the box, the Anaheim Ducks scored on the power play to trim Detroit's lead to one goal.
Zetterberg worried he had unleashed another crazy finish in this wild series.
Instead, the Red Wings coolly wrapped...
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Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula each had a goal and an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings finished off the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-2 victory in Game 7 on Sunday night.
Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goal and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves as the seventh-seeded Red Wings won three of the first-round series' final four games to oust the Ducks, who had the NHL's...
This isn't the same Detroit Red Wings team that won four Stanley Cups from 1997-2008.
It isn't even the same team that started this lockout-shortened season.
When Nick Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom retired and Henrik Zetterberg assumed the captaincy, it was clear that the Wings would go through a transition period.
Unlike some other teams that went through very lean periods...
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Henrik Zetterberg and Valtteri Filppula each had a goal and an assist, and the Detroit Red Wings finished off the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-2 victory in Game 7 on Sunday night.
Justin Abdelkader scored a short-handed goal and Jimmy Howard made 31 saves as the seventh-seeded Red Wings won three of the first-round series' final four games to oust the Ducks...
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